Foreign Minister Steinmeier responds to President Obama’s speech: getting the balance right between security needs and the protection of civil liberties

Press release

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (17 January) in response to US President Barack Obama’s speech on reforming the US security services:

President Obama today announced decisions about the restriction and oversight of the American secret services and outlined a process involving Congress and the public. We welcome this, in part because it provides a basis for the even wider discussion that has already been under way for some time in the United States.

I trust that America will have the strength to get the balance right between legitimate security needs and the protection of civil liberties.